HOW DOES KICKSTARTER WORK?
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Jack Straws is the idea; not a café, a board game café! To find out what that means in detail, check out the video above!
If the campaign is not successful then no one is debited!
We have every faith that this project will work and make many happy memories amongst friends and family.
WHY A BOARD GAME CAFE?
We are raising funds on kickstarter to help make our dream a reality. Board games provide so much fun and interaction that has recently been lost in a society increasingly dominated by multimedia. I grew up with family board game nights and have wonderful memories of the laughter and enjoyment they brought. Since I got married, we now host board game nights in our house once or twice a week.
We want to provide a comfortable, fun environment where groups of friends or family's can come together, drink coffee and select and learn a game from a collection of over 300 board games. We will continually update and increase our stock, so there will always be a reason to come back for more!
Board game cafes are becoming popular all over the world yet Belfast doesn't have one. We want to change that!
HOW WILL THE CAFE WORK?
The vast variety of board games that have now been produced means there is something for everyone. We will have dedicated, friendly staff who will meet with you when you first arrive at the cafe. They will ask about your board game experience and judge from your answer which game would be appropriate for you. They will sit with you and teach you how to play and then will be available to serve you food and drinks and answer any questions you have throughout your time in Jack Straws.
You can book a table online or by phone or come on down to the cafe. It is £4.50 for a 2 hour gaming session for an adult and £3.50 for children, pensioners or groups over 10. The 2 hour rule applies if the cafe is very busy, otherwise you are free to play on as long as you like!
You can purchase a membership for the year at £20 and this will get you your gaming session for £3.50 every time.
We also plan to host workshop nights where we will advertise a game and anyone that wants to learn and meet new people to play the game with can come along to our dedicated evenings.
We will have a private function room that can be hired out for groups and parties with dedicated staff ready to teach you games and serve you food and drinks.
We will also run tournament days and evenings for different games throughout the year.
HOW CAN WE MAKE THIS HAPPEN?
We have put a lot of work and planning into this project already. We started plans in July 2015 and now need to pull together some final funding to bring this dream to life.
With your help, we plan to open in East Belfast, hopefully by October.
TIMELINE OF EVENTS
I had heard of board game cafes before, but my first experience came in July last year when I visited a very popular Board Game Café in London. I fell in the love with the place and the plans began! I knew if Belfast had something similar I would be there all the time!
July 2015- January 2016
We put together our business plan, did our research and made the big decision to take on this adventure!
January 2016- May 2016
The search for the ideal premises began
We found the premises we want, and negotiations started
19th July 2016
If we're successful and everything goes to plan here's how the timeline of events will progress:
We will update you with floor plans and the interior plan of the premises
28th August 2016
Kickstarter Campaign Finishes
Final Funds transferred to Jack Straws Ltd
Fit out Begins
1st week of October
Jack Straws Board Game Café is Open!!!!
Stretch goals If our funding goal is exceeded, the following stretch goals will be applied;
£15,000- We can add another 150 games to our board game library.
£18,000- We can add a luxury Aspinal of London Monopoly and luxury apsinal of london scrabble board to our cafes collection.
Risks and challenges
Every project has its challenges. Our main risk, like any new shop opening will be delays in shop fitting and construction required prior to opening.
We will keep all our backers informed of our progress and any change to our aim of opening September 2016!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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